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Hiking Inn to Inn

Newport Beach to San Clemente: Hiking Inn to Inn from Malibu to Mexico

This moderate four day, 27.3 mile walkabout hikes some of the most alluring swimming and surfing beaches in the world as well as rugged rocky shores under steep cliffs that you will share with sea birds, seals, and dolphins. You’ll visit lively classic beach towns, step back in time in the beautifully restored cabins of Crystal Cove, and savor the fine cuisine and arts scene of Laguna Beach. This is my favorite walkabout on the 200 mile hike from Malibu to Mexico.

Explore the Southern California Riviera at two miles an hour, hiking inn-to-inn.

Visit our Shop to purchase the digital vacation guide for Newport Beach to San Clemente.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature

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Comment by Tom Courtney on November 20, 2014 at 2:15pm


We were able to find street parking in Newport Beach along W. Balboa Ave., a few blocks from the Newport Pier.  At the time we hiked, there was unmetered parking except for Mondays when there was street sweeping.  If you are staying in Newport Beach, you may also be able to arrange parking with your innkeeper.  Check out the Transportation Section at the end of each chapter for public transportation information on how to return to your starting place once you have finished the hike to San Clemente.

Have a great hike.

Tom Courtney

Comment by jack Kohan on November 19, 2014 at 7:11pm

Hi all, Coming form San Diego, how do you start and end the trip for Newport Beach to San Clemente walk? There is no train stop near Newport Beach?

Where would you park your car(s) as you would need starting and ending point transportation. Thanks in advance for your advice


Comment by Lisa Hiller on November 7, 2014 at 9:18pm
Hi Tom thank you for your thoughtful and excellent hiking book. My three girlfriends and I are meeting up somewhere between San Clemente and Laguna Beach Next weekend 2 driving from LA one from Huntington Beach and me from San Diego. did you have a favorite inn or hotel that you stayed at on that stretch? Just looking for beachy and a little personality! Thanks

Lisa H
Comment by Tom Courtney on July 17, 2014 at 11:38am


This is topic that I haven't researched.  There are lots of inns along the route.  They are listed in the guide.  Check out their websites for dog friendliness.  It would be fun to take a canine friend on an inn-to-inn hike.


Comment by Lisa H.-S. on July 16, 2014 at 8:34pm

Is it dog friendly?

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